Sony Ericsson W660i review:

Sony Ericsson W660i

Typical Price: £200.00
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3.5 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Impressive music playback; good keypad; RSS reader; Bluetooth A2DP.

The Bad No flash for camera; weedy onboard speaker.

The Bottom Line If you're not impressed by the latest flip, flick and slide designs and hanker after something a bit more traditional, then the W660i is a good bet. It's a solid and reliable handset that's easy to use and has excellent music features

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7.5 Overall

When it comes to music mobiles, Sony Ericsson has done a great job with its Walkman range of handsets. This latest addition may not look as flash as some of its siblings, but it neatly combines impressive music skills with 3G features into a compact candybar design that's likely to have broad appeal.

The W660i is available for free on contract on most networks.

It may not have the 'look at me' appeal of some of the other Walkman phones we've seen recently, but the W660i's two-tone colour scheme is still easy on the eye. The more traditional design also means there's room for an ample-sized keypad -- something that heavy texters will appreciate.

The styling of the W660i is traditional, but it will suit anyone who's after a simple music-playing phone

If texting isn't your bag, maybe you'll get more use out of the decent 2-megapixel camera on the rear, which is twinned with a smaller VGA one on the front so you can make video calls if you're using a 3G network.

Most people will be interested in the phone's music features, and here it doesn't disappoint. The phone comes with a 512MB Memory Stick M2 card, so it can hold a decent number of tunes, and music sounds great on the supplied sound-isolating headphones. Thanks to the standard mini jack adaptor lead you can swap to your own cans of you prefer, and there's also an onboard FM tuner for when you're fed up of your own tunes.

The 2-megapixel camera on the rear takes decent photos and has a 2.5x digital zoom

Other useful features include the ability to automatically create a photo blog with pictures uploaded from the phone, a built-in RSS news reader and support for wireless A2DP (stereo Bluetooth) music streaming.

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